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Should be harvested when the buds have split such that the color can be seen underneath.
Member of the Papaveraceae (poppy family).
Native to SW Asia.
Related genera include Dendromecon, Meconopsis and Romneya.
Has four papery petals around a dark center composed of many stamens, solitary at stem ends.
Stems are leafless, hairy, wiry, up to 24 inches long.
Plant is a herbaceous perennial, classed as a dicotyledon.
Flowers are not fragrant.
36-41 F, in water for short time. Store upright to prevent geotropism (stem bending).
Poppies thrive in freshly turned soil, and grew by the millions in France during World War I. The ground was churned in battle, and as a consequence the Poppy has long been associated with war. The Opium Poppy has been used medicinally since ancient times, and its name comes from Latin “somnus” for sleep.
The specific epithet name “orientale” refers to its origin, Far East or China.
Papaver is an old Latin name for poppy.
The seed pods are often used dried in arrangements. They are barrel-shaped with a fringed crown on top.